Health Committee Meeting

Monday, December 3, 2007

Council Chamber

Convened: 5:08 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:37 PM

Konstantina B. Lukes


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Frederick C Rushton
Councilor Gary Rosen
Councilor Joffrey A Smith

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Frederick C Rushton Councilor Gary Rosen Councilor Joffrey A Smith
Also:Councilor Barbara G. Haller
Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Leonard Morse
Director of Public Health James Gardiner
Assistant Director of Public Health Derek Brindisi
Police Chief Gary J. Gemme
City Clerk David J. Rushford, Clerk



Transmitting communication relative to the report "Operation Yellow Box" be referred to the City Council's Standing Committee on Health.
#23B CM May 2, 2006

In Committee August 16, 2006 - Held In Committee November 27, 2007 - Held


Recommend Accept the Communication and adoption of the accompanying Order: That the City Manager, through the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, be and is hereby authorized and requested to establish a Yellow Box program within the City of Worcester encompassing the following component parts:
a. that a total of eight (8) sites be designated as the outset of the program,
b. that the first two (2) sites be established within healthcare facilities,
c. that the additional six (6) boxes be installed in due haste at sites as part of a community-based health initiative including retail sites,
d. that a community-wide education program be implemented contemporaneous to the commencement of the program,
e. that monthly reports be provided to City Council beginning with the first meting in January 2008,
f. that educational postings be affixed to the exterior of all drop-off boxes and
g. that the Massachusetts department of Public Health be solicited for future funding.

Chairman's Orders

Request the City Manager forward to the City Council statistical information concerning the number and type of overdose deaths in the city.


Transmitting informational communication relative to Massachusetts Police Chiefs' experiences with syringe disposal sites.
#8. 17A CM November 20, 2007


Recommend File




David J. Rushford, City Clerk, transmitting response of Kevin Cranston, Director of the HIV/AIDS Bureau for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, regarding the sites across the Commonwealth where syringe disposal kiosks or boxes have been accepted.
# 11a CC October 30, 2007


Recommend File


William Breault, Worcester Resident
Amarylis Chavez, Webster Resident
David Bunker, Worcester Resident
Ronal Madnick, Worcester Resident
Ediberto Santiago, Worcester Resident
Lara Jimenez, Worcester Resident
Peter Stefan, Franklin Resident